The Rock of Gibraltar is a visually impressive sight whether you view it from land, air or sea. Formed millions of years ago out of Jurassic limestone it dominates the surrounding landscape. Known to the Romans as Mons Calpe the history contained within the Rock is extensive. Neanderthal man used its caves for shelter whilst hunting for food in the area. It was captured by the Moors in AD 711 by General Tariq Ibn Zayed who called it ‘Jebel Tariq’ (Tariq’s Mountain) in fact it is hard to name a civilianization who hasn’t fought over or inhabited Gibraltar over the years.

 

The Rock has been under British rule for the last 300 years, which has indelibly left its mark on the Gibraltarian culture. The people enjoy a blend of the different customs that have influenced them over the centuries. The locals are bi-lingual and easily interchange mid-sentence between English (the official language) and Spanish. This is colloquially known as ‘Llanito’. The architecture too is a mixture of colonial, Moorish and Genoese styles. It is not uncommon to see intricate wrought iron balcony overlooking the red British pillar-boxes. It is also a curious thing to see an English Bobby walking down the sun-lit street.

The winters in Gibraltar are mild and the summers hot. May to September are the most popular months with holiday makers. Gibraltar is a popular port of call for many of the cruise ships whose passengers take advantage of the excellent Duty Free shopping found on the Rock.

In short, Gibraltar has something for everyone, whether you are looking for a relaxed beach holiday or enjoy exploring caves or fascinating historical places of interest Gibraltar is an ideal destination. It is also worth mentioning that due to its strategic location it is an excellent base from which to explore the neighboring Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz or even North Africa.